backpedal


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backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. The actor had to backpedal when he let slip a racist remark during the press conference.
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On the coach's command, the defensive back will start his backpedal.
Do not be high when initiating backpedal steps or turning out of your backpedal.
As the receiver backpedals, the defender will backpedal, keeping his eyes focused on the receiver's hip.
When you backpedal, if you know what you're doing, you can take away inside routes,'' the coach said.
On the snap, the safeties will backpedal regardless of what type of read they are getting up front.
If the safeties get a run read on the snap they will backpedal and then slide three steps to the outside.
And then to say that Helton being on ``the juice'' only meant that it was a legal supplement, not anabolic steroids, simply was too much to backpedal from.
Sprint to Cone 2, shuffle to Cone 3, backpedal to Cone 4, and shuffle back to Cone 1.
Backpedal to the top of Cone 2, sprint to the bottom of Cone 3, and repeat the sequence until finished.
In the NFL, the best offense is often a good defense, but as it tries to backpedal away from this, it has no defense for filtering out what it deems to be offensive.
Tracy hinted during his morning media session that he has an idea of who will play center - he declined to disclose that information - but he seemed to backpedal by the afternoon, saying, in effect, that he won't make a decision until he watches Bradley and Drew play extensively in center during the spring.
After surveying the ice, he backpedals through the crease, moving into position.